COVID-19 restrictions eased

A slight easing in COVID-19 restrictions will see the end of the household bubble, more people at hospitality venues and the reopening of libraries in regional Victoria.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the changes in restrictions that come into effect from 11.59pm tonight.

Regional households will be able to have two people and their dependants visit their home once per day.

Regional Victorian hospitality businesses will be able to host up to 40 people indoors and up to 70 people outdoors.

Libraries and toy libraries will reopen with a maximum of 20 people indoors and people will be able to hold outdoor religious gatherings with up to 20 people.

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Mr Andrews also announced that more restrictions were set to be eased on November 1, including the resumption of dance classes, non-contact indoor community sport for people under 18 and the ability for metro Melbourne residents to return to their regional Victorian properties to prepare for fire and floods.

The Premier also outlined a number of eased restrictions for metro Melbourne.

No time limit on leaving the house for socialising or exercising, the five-kilometre limit extended to 25 kilometres, two people plus dependants allowed in the home, and settings like golf, hairdressers and real estate auctions open.

Metro Melbourne residents are still unable to visit regional Victoria for non-essential activities.

Victoria recorded two new COVID-19 cases yesterday and no deaths.

The 14-day rolling average in regional Victoria is 0.5 and 7.5 in metro Melbourne.

There are 137 active cases in the state, with seven of those in regional Victoria.

“Every regional Victorian can be proud that we’ve got the numbers low… and we’ve kept the numbers low,” Mr Andrews said.

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